ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
If you are in need of root canal treatment in St Marys, NSW then you are in safe and trusted hands with the SNK Dental team.
A root canal is a procedure that everyone dreads, yet root canal therapy – as it is often known – is a treatment that saves a tooth from needing to be removed. Moreover, more often than not it is a treatment that gets you out of pain, rather than a treatment that is painful.
That said, root canal therapy in St Marys requires detailed and careful work whereby a diseased or injured nerve located in the inside of the tooth (the root canal) is removed. If this doesn’t happen, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected. As a result, painful abscesses can form.
Normally a St Marys root canal will be completed over several appointments with the assistance of x-rays. The good news for patients is that we provide some of the latest pain relief options for patients undergoing root canal treatment in St Marys to allow for the most comfortable experience possible.
How is root canal treatment in St Marys Performed?
The first step of a root canal is to take a series of x-rays. This determines the extent of the infection
Next, our dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. Since in many cases the nerve is already dead, this may not be entirely necessary. However, we will still anesthetise the area to make you feel more comfortable. Alternatively, we can provide a form of dental sedation if a St. Marys patient requests it. Finally, the area needs to be kept dry and free from saliva so a rubber dam is placed around the tooth.
Our experienced dentist will start by drilling a small access chamber in the outer tooth enamel. This is so that they have access to the infected nerve. Then, using the latest endodontic rotary equipment the damaged nerve or root is carefully removed. It’s more flexible than traditional stainless steel files so it can be inserted deeper into curved canal channels. This makes root canal therapy more comfortable and more efficient for patients.
Once the infected or dead nerve has been removed the tooth root is cleaned and sterilized using a combination of water and/or sodium hypochlorite to flush away any debris from the tooth.
The final task is to back-fill and seal the tooth with a bio-compatible rubber compound. This ensures that no infection can infiltrate down into the root canals themselves.
On many occasions, the affected tooth will require protection after root canal treatment. This results in the tooth requiring a crown to restore its strength, appearance and function.
If you want to know more about root canal treatment in St Marys, book an appointment with us today and discuss your treatment options in a consultation.
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